It’s going to be windy across the Front Range before the weekend, while most of the snow will hit the Western Slope.
The National Weather Service Office in Boulder is forecasting wind gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour in Denver and Boulder beginning Thursday night. Stronger wind gusts are expected in the foothills and on the northeastern plains.
“We’re looking at four to eight inches for most of our high-altitude areas and then on the eastern side of the mountains that come down to the slopes,” said Chad Gimestad, a meteorologist with the NWS’s Boulder office. “We could see wind gusts of around 75 or 80 miles per hour, mostly during that same period, from the early part of the day to the middle of the day on Friday.”
Brief snow showers and snow squalls are expected in the mountains, but not along the lower elevations in the Front Range. The mountains on the Western Slope are expected to get 5 to 10 inches of snow starting at midnight Friday into the afternoon.
Open Snow founding meteorologist Joel Gratz says this year’s snowfall is average compared to last year.
“Last year we had very little snow on many of the Colorado mountains before the holidays,” Gratz said. “Then I had some kind of Christmas miracle where a lot of snow fell at the end of December, which is helpful because that’s when a lot of people come down to Colorado to ski for the holidays.”
The Colorado Department of Transportation issued a high wind warning along I-25 from Denver to the New Mexico state line. In preparation for possible road closures and rollovers, CDOT is organizing maintenance crews and crews along I-25. Travelers, particularly commercial drivers, are advised to exercise caution.
Drivers should also consult the Colorado Traction Law when traveling during the winter.